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riddled ‎(comparative more riddled, superlative most riddled)

  1. Damaged throughout by holes.
  2. Having (something) spread throughout, as if by an infestation.
    1. Taking a noun complement construed with the preposition with.
      The minister claimed that the old benefits system was riddled with abuse and fraud.
    2. Taking a noun complement that precedes the adjective, forming a compound.
      • 2008, Joan London, The Good Parents, Random House Australia, ISBN 978-1-74166-793-6, page 235:
        They took a swig each from an old bottle of sherry and ate some stale digestive biscuits sealed in a tin in the mouse-riddled cupboards.



  1. simple past tense and past participle of riddle